Local Government Health Improvement Programme

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This section is for staff and/or local elected members working in councils or community planning partnerships who want to develop health and wellbeing and improve life circumstances in their communities.

NHS Health Scotland aims to play a key leadership role in building a fairer, healthier Scotland. We are focusing our expertise and influence to advocate for action on the underlying causes of health inequalities.

The starting point will always be those communities, families and individuals for whom health is not improving as much or as rapidly as it is for the population as a whole. Tackling Scotland’s health inequalities is not just a concern for those in the NHS – it will need commitment and action from everyone in Scotland. NHS Health Scotland can help build a shared belief that action to reduce health inequalities in Scotland is both possible and in all our interests.

This section has been developed for those who have a role in reducing health inequalities. You can access information and materials to help you deliver health and wellbeing in your day-to-day work and plan for future health and wellbeing activity.

Reducing health inequalities and improving health: what councillors can do to make a difference

NHS Health Scotland in collaboration with COSLA and other partners have developed a resource for elected members highlighting their role in tackling health inequalities.

 This resource, is for all councillors and aims to highlight their role in three main themes which are woven throughout the resource:

  • Reducing health inequalities
  • Improving health in a fairer way
  • Protecting health

Find out more about this resource and the role of councils and elected members in ensuring positive health outcomes for communities here.

Implementation of Equally Well

Find out more about Equally Well, its implementation and review.

Single Outcome Agreements and Capacity Building for Outcomes

Find out more about SOA´s and how CPPs, communities, private and third sectors, work together to develop them.

Reviewed 29 December 2011